Do It Because You Love It
Wednesday — April 19th, 2017

Do It Because You Love It

I had to take a bit of a break from Introspective Comics for a while. It’s been difficult for me to write them without coming to the conclusion that everything is meaningless. I’m still struggling with it.

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SPX is this weekend!

I will be at table W32A at SPX, selling my usual comics, including Pretending You’re Not Crazy and extra copies of my Lutefisk Sushi mini-comic, Rebecca and the Super Heroes.  See you there!

SpringCon is Coming!

No Wednesday comic this week.  I need a little more time to prep for SpringCon, which is this weekend!

Captain Marvel Wants You To Go SpringCon 2012!

He’s so excited about it, he’s falling apart at the seams!

I will have a table at SpringCon on May 19 & 20, selling fresh new copies of Pretending You’re Not Crazy as well as my usual array of comics and buttons.  Stop by and say hello!

C2E2 is Nigh!

If I’ve been seeming busy lately, one of the reasons is because I have been feverishly preparing for C2E2, which is this weekend!  I will be in the Webcomics Pavilion at table P5A.  You can map your show here!

I’m getting STAPLED this weekend

I will be tabling at STAPLE in Austin, Texas this weekend.  I will be selling the first editions of Pretending You’re Not Crazy as well as my usual assortment of mini-comics and books.  If you’re in the area, stop by and say hello!

Comics Will Be Posted Later Tonight

Due to an increased workload at my day job and some personal issues, I will be posting yesterday’s schedule tonight.  I will also be late on responding to comments and e-mails.  I apologize for this, but I’m kind of overwhelmed with my life right now.

Brief Hiatus

I am going to need a few days to work on some personal projects and adjust to a new medication.  Comics will resume updating this Sunday, January 28.

Lutefisk Sushi Podcast!

I am featured in this week’s Lutefisk Sushi podcast!  In it I have an energetic conversation with my friend Danno Klonowski about comics, farm life, and other things.  Check it out!

2011 Year in Review

As 2011 winds down, I thought it would be worthwhile to take a look back on what went right, what went wrong, and what I want to change in the future. To prepare for this, I went over 2010’s Year in Review (which you can read here, here, and here).

What Went Right

Cutting back on out-of-state shows was definitely a good idea. After all of the heartbreak and drama (and not to mention expenses) from going to shows like SPX, I needed a break. That said, I am planning on hitting the convention scene as hard as possible in 2012. I will have a new book out, meaning much more potential revenue which will help offset the costs of travel Also, I am much smarter about travel than I was in 2010, and I am looking forward to doing things right this time.

I also made some crucial changes in infrastructure for 2011. Specifically, I purchased the full version of Adobe Creative Suite Standard. I’’ll admit, I probably should have saved money by buying an older version (or pirating the software), but man, do I love having Photoshop and InDesign. They have cut back so much of the pain in making books, mini-comics, and webcomics. I still use GIMP for a few things, but having the automated features of photoshop and InDesign have made life so much sweeter.

2011 was also the first full year of having Introspective Comics as a business, and it feels so great to have a complete, organized record of my income and expenses. At least, I’m a lot more organized than last year. Seriously, even if you’re not planning on making a profit, tracking your income and expenses like a business has value. It helps you plan for the future and avoid spending a lot of money on things that aren’t very important.

On a personal level, I am also in a relationship this year, which has been great. I kind of needed someone in my life. Rebecca has helped me confront a lot of the emotional issues I have been struggling with this year, and I’ve matured a lot as a result.

What Went Wrong

I wasn’t nearly as productive this year as I have been in the past. I wanted to complete three issues of Super Plumbers. I only finished one. I wanted to start a line of eBooks. I finished one. I don’t think of these events as failures, though. During the course of the year, my priorities have changed. The Super Plumber books aren’t as important to me anymore (although I have given up on the idea of finishing them yet), and eBooks aren’t the shiny beacon of hope they once were to me. I’ve also lost interest in putting together a newsletter.

I also didn’t expand my product line as much as I would have liked. I tried a few things, like prints and clay figures, at conventions, but nothing sells as well as my mini-comics and books. I also didn’t finish any of my poster ideas.

I don’t consider these unmet goals to be failures. They were the result of shifting priorities. I’ve accepted that there is only so much before I burn out. I’ve also learned that some ideas work better on paper than they do in practice. They were all mistakes that I have learned from.

Which brings me to…

Things I Want to Change

As one of my recent updates illustrated, I’ve been having some serious issues with burnout. Part of it involves juggling my new relationship, my comics, my full-time job, and my overall health. My main goal for next year is to find a better balance. If nothing else, I want to accept the fact that I’m not going to be perfect at everything so I can plan my life accordingly.

My other goals include:

  • Finishing the next Introspective Comics collection.
  • Finishing a comic for Lutefisk Sushi.
  • Finishing at least 104 pages of comics for the website.
  • Tabling at three out-of-state comic conventions.
  • Tabling at as many local conventions as possible.

I am really looking forward to growing this year.  I wish you all a Happy 2012!

Sketch Night at the Opera!

Last week I was very fortunate to attend Sketch Night at the Opera.  Essentially the Minnesota Opera lets us watch a dress rehearsal of an opening opera and make sketches, for FREE!  This round we were able to watch Silent Night, a brand new opera about a controversial truce on Christmas during World War I.  It was spectacular!

The following sketches are from that night.  They’re kind of… sketchy.  I think the problem was I was trying to treat it as a life-drawing course, which was not a good idea because the characters were constantly moving.  I think that if I get to do this again, I will draw more abstractly, focusing on capturing specific features rather than gestures and poses.

 

 

 

 

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